ICE looking for 270 illegal Somalis who could be connected to Al-Shabaab
Posted by Ann Corcoran on February 23, 2010
Update June 26th: Tracy appeals his probation, here.
Update June 11th: Two indicted in Kenya for helping Tracy get Somalis to the US, here.
Update June 5th: Tracy walks—he is a free man today! Read about it here.
Update May 17th: Tracy’s trial opens today in Virginia, here.
Update April 29th: Maybe we found one, here.
Update February 26th: Debbie Schlussel has obtained the affidavit, here.
Update February 25th: Writer asks why you would spend $30,000 just to get a menial job in the US, here.
Update February 24th: Fox News is reporting more details on this case, be sure to read this!
A Virginia man has admitted he helped 270 Somalis, possibly with terrorist connections, get into the US by crossing the Mexican border. None have been found, but all are believed to have blended into states with large Somali or African refugee populations. Hat tip: Richard Falknor at Blue Ridge Forum who just yesterday noted that few at CPAC last week discussed National Security.
From the Washington Examiner today:
Authorities are searching for 270 Somalis believed to have entered the U.S. illegally with the help of a Virginia man who admitted contacts with an Islamic terrorist group.
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent said his agency had yet to locate any of the suspected illegal immigrants.
According to an affidavit filed in Alexandria’s federal court, Anthony Joseph Tracy told authorities that he came in contact with the Somali terrorist organization Al-Shabaab, which announced an alliance with al Qaeda earlier this year.
ICE Agent Thomas Eyre testified during a hearing that authorities are “concerned” about the 35-year-old’s dealings with the group.
In an e-mail, Tracy reportedly wrote, “i helped alot of somalis and most are good but there are some who are bad and i leave them to ALLAH,” the affidavit said.
Are they in your state?
Eyre testified that authorities had not yet tracked down any of the Somalis whom Tracy allegedly helped travel to the U.S. The affidavit says Tracy’s e-mails, combined with information on Facebook, show that the Somalis have spread across the country and are living in New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota and Arizona. [Other states with large Somali populations are California, Ohio, Maine, Virginia, Colorado, Nebraska and Washington state—ed]
A circuitous trip involving Kenya, Cuba and Mexico among other stops! We reported on this route previously here.
Eyre indicated authorities are trying to find the Somalis and determine whether they’re associated with Al-Shabaab. An ICE spokeswoman said she could not comment on an ongoing investigation. The Somalis are believed to have entered the United States through the border with Mexico after making a circuitous trip from Kenya to Dubai to Moscow to Cuba to South America to Mexico and then the U.S., Eyre testified.
Then we have the naive (or is it purposefully duplicitous) Refugees International that is complicit in encouraging other illegal Somalis to come here over many years as part of the now suspended fraudulent Family Reunification program (where the State Department admits as many as 36,000 Africans entered the US illegally) running their mouths about how could those poor people get all that money! Shut up, would you! Terrorists have access to money!
Vanessa Parra, a spokeswoman for Refugees International, estimated the trip could cost as much as $30,000. “It would be difficult for most Somalis to get that kind of money,” she said.
Tracy split to Kenya in April. That means these possible Somali terrorists have had ten months to disappear into a town near you.
Tracy, who moved to Kenya in April from Winchester, is accused of helping the Somalis move to the United States by getting them travel visas to Cuba through contacts he had at the Cuban Embassy, court documents said. The visas were issued using fraudulent information Tracy allegedly provided his contacts. Authorities say Tracy knew that the U.S. was the Somalis’ intended final destination.
For new readers:
For information on Somali missing youths, American citizens who have gone to Somalia to learn the Jihad trade, some leaving through Mexico, use those search words. We have written dozens of stories on the case. For more on Al-shabaab (sometimes spelled Al-shabab) also use our search function.
The US State Department has admitted over 80,000 Somali refugees to the US (this linked post continues to be one of the most widely read posts we have ever written) in the last 25 years and then in 2008 had to suspend family reunification because widespread immigration fraud was revealed through DNA testing. That specific program has not yet been reopened (that we know of), but will be soon.
Nevertheless, thousands of Somali Muslims continue to be resettled as I write this. We recently learned that we will be taking 6000 Somalis this year from one camp in Uganda and as many as 11,000-13,000 total from around the world.
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